Solid revenge thriller that reps a move closer to mainstream genre pics for director Du Welz after the more controversial past filmography including 'Calvaire', 'Vinyan', and 'Alleluia'. Reminds one of films like 'The Limey' or 'Brother' as a man wrecks violence on those who have wronged him in a strange land called Los Angelas. Nothing novel here but well executed.
How can the brains behind Calvaire, Vinyan, and Alleluia be responsible for such a generic waste of time? Watching this the same week as all the absurd Deathwish controversy is funny, because King follows the same formula - man violently killing without consequence to avenge a dead relative. Except King doesn't get any of the same controversy because he's mostly executing rich, white people. Stale and predictable.
Violența sălbastică pe care o descrie Fabrice du Weltz nu a nici exaltare, entuziasm imoral și chiar tristețe dureroasă. Se află doar mizerie acră posedînd poporului care se rătăcește în înturenic abisal, strecurînd în pielea publicului amenințător. și așa cum este, trebuie să plecăm din acest film.// ドゥ・ヴェルツの描き出す残虐な暴力には胸躍る高揚感はないし、背徳的な興奮も宿してはいない。そこにはただ人生を踏み外した者たちの苦みだけがある。それが不穏に皮膚に滲みこんでいったまま、私たちはこの映画から立ち去らなくてはいけない。
The start was quite solid and i was curious to see what comes next. For a short period things gets only better, more question marks and more thrill til those elements suddenly have disappeared in the worst way. So the second part of the movie (the endin especially) was awful.
Chadwick Boseman offers some good moments; his character was interesting and well build up; the final scene makes so much sense about him.
An interesting turn for Du Welz where he plays it mostly straight in this L.A noir revenge movie. The plot is pretty straight forward which forces the performances to the fore. Boseman, Palmer, Evans and Molina all turn in commanding performances. Sure, the plot is very thin in places but Du Welz keeps things interesting and engaging throughout.